John Andrew WESLEY
John Andrew Wesley, MD is excited to bring his passionate attitude and creative energy to Living Whole Online and deepen his involvement with International Integrators.
John Andrew is a passionate and experienced educator on HIV treatment and prevention who currently serves as Social Work Case Manager at Santa Rosa Community Health HIV Team in the beautiful Northern California wine country. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music from Samford University, where he graduated top in his class receiving the President’s Cup award. His principle instrument is the trumpet.
John Andrew spent a year living in rural Nicaragua teaching English and translating for medical mission teams before pursuing his Doctor of Medicine from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. While studying medicine, John Andrew had the privilege of being a medical researcher for the 2013 Daytime Emmy® Award Winning Productions Staff of The Dr. Oz Show. This life changing experience provided John Andrew with in-depth knowledge about the benefits of many modalities in Integrative Health and inspired him to pursue his personal passion of health and wellness.
Although passionate about science and the commitment to excellence and quality whole person care, the translation into the realities of the practice of primary care medicine in the US does not align with his values. For John Andrew, his deeper calling is the love of building relationships, helping support patients’ needs and working to find solutions for their complex challenges. For that reason, John Andrew took his science background and used it in a way that felt more effective in making change, supporting people in the process of healing, and inspiring them to live healthy and more fulfilled lives.
John Andrew feels humbled and privileged to support the HIV community. He began by working as a bilingual case manager at Face to Face (HIV/AIDS service organization) and volunteering at Food For Thought (HIV Food Bank). John Andrew currently works as the social worker for the HIV clinic and serves on the Board of Directors of Food For Thought. In these roles, John Andrew has been able to connect with and better meet the needs of patients in a more holistic and whole-person approach. His focus is on LGBT mental health, depression/anxiety, addiction, and the family system with the goal of making a positive impact on the community.
John Andrew studied Integrative Health during his medical training, completing the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medicine Elective with Dr. Andrew Weil as well as American Medical Student Association’s LEAPS and HEART programs. He studied traditional Indigenous and shamanic lifeways with Lakota chief Phillip Scott through Ancestral Voices Institute for Indigenous Lifeways. He is a Certified HIV and HCV Test Counselor (UCSF) as well as a certified Indoor Cycling Instructor (Keiser). John Andrew has received training in various modalities including Living Whole: Whole Food Plant Based Diet and Mindful Movement (International Integrators), Giving and Receiving: Mindfulness and Qigong Resilience (Chi Center), Mindfulness Daily (Sounds True), LGBTQ Clients: Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies (PESI), Introduction to Internal Family Systems for Gay Male Professionals (IFSCA), Motivational Interviewing (Face to Face), Trauma-Informed Care (Sonoma County ACES Collaborative), Personality Disorders (Institute for Brain Potential), and Cognitive Behavioral Techniques (Institute for Brain Potential).
John Andrew is a lover of learning and recently began to study Ayurvedic nutrition and delve deeper into his studies of mindfulness meditation. John Andrew is passionate about meditation, energy medicine, yoga, kickboxing, hiking and experiencing the beauty of nature, world travel and culture. John Andrew has also been an activist in the LGBTQ community, is an alumnus of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and member of the 2019 Documentary Gay Chorus Deep South.
In my view, leadership calls us to embody what we wish to share with others, and my experience working in the world of HIV has afforded me depth and insight to serve others wholeheartedly.